Now what did I do last week? My memory recall is most definitely getting worse. How many times do I get up from the computer, go out of the room to get something and have to come back in to try to remember what I went out for? So far, but maybe I’m fooling myself, I seem to be able to remember most of the dance patterns. Maybe my partner and set mates are too polite to correct me!!
Well where better to start than last night where we were at the Fort Langley 15th Anniversary Gala dance held in the Scottish Cultural Centre. The hall was looking great and it was enhanced with trapping from Fort Langley, banners, cedar boughs, and with a very nice touch used Ed Wigmore’s paddle to direct the Grand March. Ed had been a stalwart member of the club and had passed away in the last year.
A nice, relaxed reception got the evening off on a great note and, even though we were the last table to be called(!), the dinner was very nice with a good selection of salads, veggies, turkey, ham and gravy and there was lots of it too. It wouldn’t be Fort Langley if we didn’t have strawberries and real cream plus shortbread for dessert. I had been asked to help organize the removal of some 11 tables and while it may have seemed to be very haphazard, and looked like a great deal of confusion, we did get it done and no one seemed to mind. Did I mention the very nice centrepieces on each table along with the handsome programmes and the little favours with chocolates.
And then the band played!!! And what a great sound they made. It was near impossible not to be moving all the time to their beat and the sets of tunes were just fabulous. “Torridon” is made up of musicians from Quebec. Ontario, Texas and Scotland It was amazing to hear that they had only practised for the first time together that afternoon and only for about 20 minutes. It seemed they had been playing together for a long time as they were just excellent.
Rebecca’s programme (and her excellent MC’ing and briefing) including two new “whisky” dances devised by Dorothy Hargreaves, was just the right mix and most of us were able to relax and really enjoy the dances and the music. There was lots of room and I am sure all 131 attendees thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Thank you to all the Fort Langley Club members for all the hard work. It was a great and memorable evening.
Gentle Thoughts for Today –
1. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?
2. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?
3. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?
The next regular Ceilidh Dance is not until Friday, September 25, 2015 (the last Friday of September) .
Unfortunately, mainly due to rising costs but also because of some lower attendances, I have been forced to increase the admission price next season to $12 ($10 for students) so I really hope this does not stop people from attending. Remember that if you have a group of 8 or more you can all qualify for a discount but you have to contact me beforehand.
SAVE THE DAY
BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam
Talking about this – the Highland Games that is – I am informed that a few more of you have been in touch with Jean Wagstaff to say you will join the Massed Demonstration of Scottish Country Dancing at this year’s Games. That is a BIT better but we still need more of you to get on the e-mail or phone; get all your club members to join in; get busy and put groups together and come along to the classes starting THIS Wednesday. Of course you can just come yourself but it is even more fun with friends.
The dances will not be difficult so beginner dancers are more than welcome. This is a great chance to promote SCD and the other advantage is that you get a discounted ticket for the Games. Here is the information from Jean:
To All Fellow Scottish Country Dancers
B.C. HIGHLAND GAMES JUNE 20th,2015
The BC Highland Games this year will take place at the Percy Perry stadium in Coquitlam on June 20th https://www.bchighlandgames.com/. You are invited to dance in the mass Scottish Country Dance ‘DANCE SCOTTISH’ performance.
Rehearsals led by Mary Murray will be held on the three Wednesdays prior to the Games (June 3rd,10th & 17th) no charge, 7:30pm – 9:00pm at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. Dances for the performance will consist of very basic steps and formations and therefore suitable for dancers of all levels.
Please reply by return, or if you have any questions give me a call at 604-464-8103 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Participation gives you a discounted entry fee to the games.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Jean Wagstaff, TAC Rep. Vancouver & District
Right get aff yer duff and come on out on Wednesday!
The Humanities Department at SFU is offering a Celtic Mythology course this summer, taught by Dr. Antone Minard. It will be meeting on Saturday afternoons. The course outline can be obtained and questions about the course can be directed to Dr. Minard at email@example.com.
If you are interested in trying to stop wind farms spoiling your views in Scotland try this website: https://www.savelochness.com/main.html
West Jet is an Airline with head office situated in Calgary, Alberta. West Jet airline attendants try to make the in-flight ‘safety lecture’ and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:
‘Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.’
‘As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.’
And from the pilot during his welcome message: ‘West Jet Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!’
My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, ‘I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.’
I bought her a scale.
And then the fight started…
Thanks to Steve at the Celtic Treasure Chest there is now an online list of all the Celtic societies as well as a calendar of events:
There are always some specials at The Celtic Treasure Chest’s stores. Check them out at www.celtictreasurechest.com
Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to https://www.CelticFashions.com
This is a test for us ‘old kids’! The answers are printed below, but don’t cheat.
06.After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we ‘danced’ under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the ‘_____________.’
07.Nestle’s makes the very best . . . . _______________.’
08.Satchmo was America ‘s ‘Ambassador of Goodwill.’ Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was _________________.
09.What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______________.
10.Red Skeleton’s hobo character was named __________________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, ‘Good Night, and ‘________ ________.
09.The Timex watch
10.Freddy, The Freeloader and ‘Good Night and God Bless.’
The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group. The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – www.scottishculturalcentre.com . The cost is only $10.
Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved, then, Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information.
When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplace expensive… so, I took her to a gas station.
And then the fight started…
Carse of Stirling
The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, September 25th, 2015.
Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh but you need to “Search for Vancouver Ceilidh on Facebook and “Like” us to receive updates on upcoming Ceilidhs and other events”. Then, if you “Like” the Vancouver Ceilidh FB page (do as described above), you too will receive updates AND be able to share those updates and events on your personal Facebook page to your friends and ask that they “Like” and “Share”, etc. Ceilidh Dances are great ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. Invite all your friends to come and join you at the Ceilidh. You are welcome to bring your own cake and we’ll even sing for you!!
You can join the e-mail list of the SFU Scottish and Celtic Society; the club connecting you to all things Scottish and Celtic at SFU and the community. As members of this mailing list, you will receive updates on events and learning opportunities. All are welcome to participate and enjoy. Facebook Group: As of today, our new Facebook Group is launched and available to join. It is an ‘Open’ group. Anyone can join and invite their friends. We will create Facebook ‘Events’ for all our occasions. Join today at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/451447541666799/
Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others would enjoy please forward them to me.
Lots of great looking wheels in this video… no seat belts on the kids either. Back when life was simple and gluten was our friend…
Beany’s Drive Thru – Long Beach, California – 1952-53
WONDERFUL IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT Here is a UPPER to start your day. The whole world is not nuts, there still is a little sanity. CHILDREN’S FLASH MOB You won’t believe your eyes or your ears. Exceptional
How we got to Mars
The next Ceilidh Dance will be on Friday, September 25th, 2015. Same time, same place, small increase in price (so long as there is a big attendance), same amount of fun and entertainment. Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc. We need to improve the attendance to make the dances financially viable. Please do your best to spread the word. Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.
Up one down 1 and we are still standing at 362 subscribers. I should be more grateful that it has not decreased but it will take forever at this rate to get it back to 400 so I really need your help to get the subscriptions back up again. Thanks for all your support.
Please pass along the website to your friends and ask them to subscribe – it is free!! www.vancouverceilidh.org
At time of writing this the last newsletter was opened by only 224 subscribers. Because the list is growing that was just 61.9% of the total list. I know some of you prefer to go to the website and open the newsletter from there so the number is probably much higher.
Please keep opening the newsletter!! Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.
The practises for the Massed Dance demonstration on June 3 & 1o and the Inverglen Concert on the 13th..
COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Note: Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.
|Jun 3||Highland Games practice – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre – firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jean at 604-464-8103 or just come along. Mary Murray will devise an easy programme and all dancers are welcome to join in the fun.|
|Jun 10||Highland Games practice – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre – email@example.com or call Jean at 604-464-8103 or just come along. Mary Murray will devise an easy programme and all dancers are welcome to join in the fun.|
|Jun 13||Inverglen Scottish Dancers invite all to their Annual Recital to be held at 2 p.m. in the Freddy Wood Theatre, U.B.C. Tickets at the door – Adults $15; Children, students and seniors $12. The School is celebrating 35 years of dance which is a wonderful accomplishment – Come join in the celebration.|
|Jun 15||Dancing in the Park – Ceperley Park near Second Beach in Stanley Park from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. weather permitting (if uncertain call after 5 p.m. 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751) There’ll always be some easy dances for new dancers. Programmes will be on website – www.rscdsvancouver.org|
|Jun 17||Highland Games practice – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Scottish Cultural Centre – firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jean at 604-464-8103 or just come along. Mary Murray will devise an easy programme and all dancers are welcome to join in the fun.|
|Jun 20||BC Highland Games in Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam – all day long with lots of fun, entertainment, competitions, food, whisky tasting, beer tent, vendors tents, etc. etc. – check out the website at www.bchighlandgames.com|
|Jun 22||Dancing in the Park – Ceperley Park near Second Beach in Stanley Park from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. weather permitting (if uncertain call after 5 p.m. 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751) There’ll always be some easy dances for new dancers. Programmes will be on website – www.rscdsvancouver.org|
|Jun 22||Stave Falls Dancers will open the Kitsilano Showboat 2015 season. Their performance starts at 7.00pm.|
|Jun 29||Dancing in the Park – Ceperley Park near Second Beach in Stanley Park from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. weather permitting (if uncertain call after 5 p.m. 604-922-6842 or 604-224-6751) There’ll always be some easy dances for new dancers. Programmes will be on website – www.rscdsvancouver.org|
|Jul 1||Canada Day Parade – meet about 6 p.m. on Alberni Street in Vancouver – Let’s Have a REALLY Good Showing – rsvp to Cathrine at email@example.com or 604-299-6447|
Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.
If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not complain to your server that this is junk mail. There is a link on the e-mail should you wish to unsubscribe.
After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver’s license to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.
The woman said, ‘Unbutton your shirt’. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.
She said, ‘That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me’ and she processed my Social Security application.
When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office.
She said, ‘You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.’ And then the fight started…
Canisp at dawn
Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun. Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park. We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances.
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The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, September 25, 2015 with live music by Calanaish.
You have all summer to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MvUwZnY9Ms and here is a link to the Facebook advert: https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/ The format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through.
They are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. The price is only – $12 or $10 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain – everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner. Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.
The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. www.facebook.com/rscdsvancouver. There is a link on both our website www.vancouverceilidh.org and the Branch website www.rscdsvancouver.org
September will be a really good time to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes as they will be starting up again. You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class next week. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO! Go to either www.rscdsvancouver.org or www,vancouverceilidh.org for a list of class locations and times.
For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing.
It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle).
There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed below. Come along – check us out – the first night is usually free and thereafter it will average about $6 a night and that’s for a 2 hour class! You will find many friendly people who will be eager to help you and welcome you to their club. You never know you actually might like it!! Check the list of classes at either at www.vancouverceilidh.org or www.rscdsvancouver.org. Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations
as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details – www.rscdsvancouver.org
Come join us dancing in Stanley Park – Ceperley Park near Second Beach, on Monday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m. starting on Monday, June 15. Always lots of fun and many dances for everyone.
For upcoming events see www.vancouverceilidh.org and www.rscdsvancouver.org. Other announcements etc: Seattle Branch – info at www.rscds-seattle.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, (73rd & Hudson which is between Oak & Granville), Vancouver,
We need everyone to help us get as many new comers (as well as former Ceilidh Dancers) as possible to come and join us. The Ceilidh Dances are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Invite all your friends along. Contact me if you will have a group of 8 or more and we can give them a discount!!!
We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! It only costs $12 ($10 for students) – it is worth so much more in fun, exercise and camaraderie. Use any access to free adverts etc. You can also use things like the YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2HV3OPBgw or the Face-book page https://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=116203315&k=Z5C5Y4TZPT6G6BD1PKZZTWQQQ6BAW26L34AV&oid=164741310207760 https://www.facebook.com/events/597360563665264/597360566998597/
Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website www.vancouverceilidh.org and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.
Most of you have been to at least one Ceilidh Dance so you know how it goes. You don’t need a partner; you don’t need any experience; you should wear FLAT soft soled shoes; we walk, talk, and call every dance and you should come to have fun and have a good evening of exercise and entertainment and maybe even to learn!
There is a FREE class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. with music by Calanais. Remember to bring some extra cash so you can make a donation towards the cost of the refreshments. Without these donations we will have to increase the price of admission again!!
The schedule for the 2015/16 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —
February 5 & 26
Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers and we might even have Louise and maybe Daniel and/or Michelle to help with the calling. Remember to bring your smiles and wear flat shoes.
Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is.
Argyll hills from Bute
We would like to attract students from Universities and all colleges. Somehow we have to get word out to these students. Please do all you can to help us. Come one, come all to the same place (Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver) and the same time (7 p.m. for the class and 8 – 11 p.m. for the dance) and the same amazing price ($12 or $10 for students.)
You should check the website – www.vancouverceilidh.org – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc. On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc. I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website.
You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – www.rscdsvancouver.org – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.
Dance – it is good for your health.
Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at www.vancouverceilidh.org If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – www.vancouverceilidh.org and ask them to subscribe.
If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page. If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details.
My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels.
She asked, ‘What’s on TV?’
I said, ‘Dust.’
And then the fight started…
This newsletter reaches out to some 362 subscribers from all over the Province, Country and to many other countries as well, so please send me the details of your event and I will only be too happy to include them.
My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.
My wife asked, ‘Do you know her?’
‘Yes,’ I sighed, ‘She’s my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn’t been sober since.’
‘My God!’ says my wife, ‘who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?’
And then the fight started…
Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!
See Coming Events on the website for info – www.vancouverceilidh.org
May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.